PSALM 46:10 (KJV)
Be still, and know that I am God.
Ugh! Right now I’m feeling pulled in so many directions. It seems that no matter where I look, there are things that need to be done and each one is labeled “URGENT”. Thankfully I know that this too shall pass and this intensity won’t last forever. Whew! That’s a relief. But how do I get through each day when my list is long and my time is short?
The first step is to make sure that I don’t give up my quiet time with the Lord in the morning. It’s so easy to tell myself, “I don’t have time,” and go on my way, but I need to make the time to center my thoughts and heart on the only One who can truly help and guide me. So I sit down and ask the Lord to calm my mind and body enough to read His Word and allow His Spirit to speak to me in those moments together.
Making a list of things that need to be done helps me to set aside those thoughts so I can concentrate on what God has to say to me. Later, in my prayer time, that list also helps me see and remember what I’m facing that day so I can bring those concerns to the Lord. (Actually, I usually make my list the night before. It helps me sleep better because I don’t keep going over it in my head all night trying to remember everything. If other things come to mind in the morning, I just add them to the list.)
As I conclude my prayer time, I take my list and review it asking God to help me discern what truly needs to be done that day, and what is the most important. Often I number the items and try to estimate how long each one will take. That’s the really hard part because it seems nothing is ever as easy as I think it will be!
Then once more I look over the list and prayerfully turn it all over to the Lord. When I’m finished, I no longer carry the burden for getting it all done. It rests in the hands of my dear Savior, and my day is much lighter. See what I would miss if I failed to take the time to spend with Him first thing in the morning?